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has a story

Our vision is to see victims of Human Trafficking free and safe from exploitation, healed and restored, empowered with life skills and returning to a normal, sustainable life.

safe housing & restoration

The only human trafficking
specific safe house in South Africa

S-Cape has been creating a sanctuary, restoring dignity and nurturing hope for women survivors and their children since 2010. Survivors often tell us that S-Cape is the first place they ever felt truly loved and valued. The majority of survivors experience abuse and other traumatic events far before they are ever trafficked. Oftentimes these painful circumstances are perpetrated, or perpetuated, by those closest to the survivor. “Love” becomes equated with suffering. Some of the most difficult but important work is redefining what that powerful four letter word means.


what love is

Without LOVE
healing is impossible

Creating an environment and sanctuary for healing is impossible without love. Love is the power that drives lasting healing and total restoration. To us LOVE SAYS:

  • I see you in your pain and I won’t leave you there alone.”
  • You are good and whole just as you are, nothing that has happened to you and nothing you ever do will change that.
  • You are worthy of every good and beautiful thing you dream of.

What does love say to you?

the safe house

Where the heart of
our ministry beats

“He will restore them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in His sight“ – Psalm 72:14

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our founder

In Miryam's words

“Choosing to become a frontline instrument of love, hope, and healing in the life of a trafficking survivor is more than a job. It needs to be a calling. It demands patience, when giving every ounce of yourself only produces the slightest results. Perseverance to not give up before the job is done. Faith, to believe impossible restoration is possible against a lifetime of brokenness and abuse.”


How this story began

In 2010 Miryam Cherpillod founded S-Cape after working with women stuck in a life of prostitution who were wanting to leave their pimps and traffickers. However, there did not seem to be a suitable home or shelter to assist trafficking survivors in their rehabilitation anywhere in the country.

In January 2011, S-Cape was able to secure a facility and by March they opened its doors to welcome S-Cape’s first residents. In January 2013, S-Cape was offered a small building on a plot from the municipality and by 2015 S-Cape started the process of building an extension 4 extra bedrooms to accommodate 8 more women.

Since then, S-Cape has walked with over 100 women and their children and seen hope flourish, dignity restored and healing realized.

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Join hands with us

If you’re interested in volunteering your time, skills or finances to help us end slavery,we would love to hear from you. Find out more how you can take action here or contact us – we would love to hear from you.